I occasionally use a tanning bed before a trip or a big event, just to give me a little color. Isn’t that better than lying out in the sun for hours? And doesn’t it give my vitamin D a boost, too?
Since 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has worked tirelessly to arm the public with information on the prevention, detection and treatment of this disease. Our focus is simple: Education as a means to change behaviors and ultimately save lives.
Solstice, schmolstice; in my opinion, summer starts on Memorial Day weekend. (Not that we won’t take the opportunity to remind our dear readers about summer sun protection on June 21.) That’s why I love that the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared the Friday before Memorial Day weekend “Don’t Fry Day” (#DontFryDay). It’s a reminder to everyone heading outdoors over the holiday to be sun-safe and avoid burning or tanning.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting more than three million people each year. Despite its prevalence, it’s a disease that’s not well understood by many.
We’re in the swing of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, when interest in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment is high. Hopefully you’ve learned something new from The Skin Cancer Foundation that can help keep you and your family safe. But SCA Month (as we call it here at SCF) is also a good time to go back to basics. Here’s a quick refresher on the major types of skin cancer: how they form, what they look like, and their prognoses.
Tia Costello was eight months pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with melanoma. “I was angry. I screamed into the pillow multiple times and I felt my baby inside me start to move,” she recalls. “I knew she felt the panic inside. I was scared and I feared for her too.”
Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes trips to the beach, patio dining and outdoor sporting events. These are the occasions when people are most aware that they need sun protection — when they can see and feel the sun’s rays shining down on them. But these aren’t the only times ultraviolet (UV) rays hit your skin. There are a few sneakier situations where UV radiation can reach you, and it’s just as important to protect yourself against potential skin damage at these times as it is on sunny days.
Since doctors first began treating skin cancer, their techniques for removing tumors have evolved rapidly. There have been many valuable improvements over the years, but Mohs micrographic surgery has truly stood the test of time — it’s come to be accepted as the gold standard for removing the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
At the Miss Indiana USA competition this past October, contestants showed off their accomplishments, drive, and talents. Brittany Winchester wowed the judges by sharing her passion for affecting change and was crowned Miss Indiana USA 2017. Brittany was diagnosed with multiple basal cell carcinomas and devoted her pageant platform to skin cancer awareness, pledging her voice to a cause that has affected her personally.
Since it’s officially spring break season, I wanted to share some of the important lessons I learned about sun protection when traveling to sunny destinations: